Ben Franklin may have said it best: Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead, especially if they work for Triumph. This week, Triumph Motorcycles inadvertently—or maybe advertently?—put photos of the new-for-2011 (and officially non-existent) redesigned Speed Triple on its accessories website. The details visible in the photos give lots of clues about what will be new and different about the new model, the first all-new Speed Triple for six model years. There were also photos of the new Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC adventure-tourers.
The Speed Triple photos are of small parts of the bike, hidden or festooned with various accessories from the Triumph catalog, but they still let us know plenty about it. What appears to be a cast-aluminum frame is clearly new, as are the instruments, wheels, body work (what there is) and suspension. Gone are the bug-eyed dual round headlamps, replaced with angular cat’s-eye versions. As for the motor, a leaked California Air Resources Board filing has evidence of more power from the same 1050cc of displacement. The same document hints the bike will weigh in at around 440 pounds gassed up (more than 30 pounds lighter). I’d bet the pricing will stay within 10 percent of the 2010 model’s $11,299 —you can’t raise prices too much in a recession.
Triumph Motorcycles has also let slip some partial detail photos and blurry action shots of two new adventure-touring models, the Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC. The 800cc versions (using stroked 675 Daytona Triple motors) have also been revealed in a CARB filing, where the names, displacements and other details are listed. Both bikes have similar bodywork and tube-steel chassis, but the standard Tiger 800 will be road-oriented, with 17-inch wheels, and the XC will have a big 21-inch front hoop and tube-equipped dual-sport tires, and we assume, more off-road suited suspension and brakes—a clear competitor to BMW’s F800 series. In that spirit, we’d expect a little more than the BMW’s 85 hp, a little less bulk than its 397-pound dry weight, and a little (or a lot) less dough than its $11,395 MSRP. Does it have hard luggage as an option? Do you have to ask? Expect GPS and all the other adventure-touring de riguer items as well.
It’s a testament to the success of the chain-driven, liquid-cooled parallel-twin BMW F800GS’ that it’s spawned an imitator from Triumph. Triumph promised to have 23 models in its range by the end of 2012—there are 17 as of the 2010 model year, which means there will still be four all-new models to be released for the 2011 and 2012 model years in addition to the two new Tigers. Will we see a 1050-powered superbike or a Rocket-III luxury tourer? Whatever models come from Hinkley, the reborn company’s healthiness is no secret.